First of all, I think I’ve been waiting for this movie all of my adult life. Secondly, I learned a lot about Elvis that I didn’t know, especially related to his death and those last years. Third, you need to make sure you understand who Baz Luhrmann is before you go in to see this movie. He does a very artistic take on Elvis. A take that I greatly enjoyed. I loved that they played all different kinds of music in his movie. I think it made for a better overall film. Tom Hanks did an amazing job being someone I didn’t like. I haven’t had much experience not liking Tom Hanks. But there you go. He was dreadful and played dreadful very well. He owned it.
Austin Butler…I’ve seen the reviews saying he looks just like him. I didn’t think that. I think he looked enough like him to pass. I thought he carried the essence of Elvis very well and it worked throughout the movie. I can’t imagine trying to fill Elvis’ shoes and yet he did and did a good job. My true tell of whether this film worked is would I watch it again? Yes, I absolutely will watch it again and enjoy it again on another day. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This movie most definitely took care of the business of being Elvis. My husband has been listening to Elvis music all week because of this film. He was an icon for the ages and I feel I have a better understanding of what went wrong in his world.
“Elvis” is an epic, big-screen spectacle from Warner Bros. Pictures and visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Butler) story is seen through the lens of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
Elvis Movie Trailer